Free heart treatment for 20 Malawi children in India

About 20 children from Malawi suffering from congenital heart diseases will get free treatment in India, thanks to the Rotary Club of Chandigarh.

The Hindu reported that the first batch of four such children has arrived in India.

According to the Rotary club the offer to provide free treatment was made in April this year, when a team of doctors, led by former world president of Rotary International Rajendra K. Saboo and then district governor Madhukar Malhotra, visited to Malawi on a medical mission and treated patients there.

The club has been running the Project Heartline, earlier known as Gift of Life, since 1999 and providing free treatment to children suffering from congenital heart diseases.

“So far, 365 children have been saved and whenever there is a deserving case in and around Chandigarh, the Rotary always takes up such cases,” Saboo said, according to The Hindu.

“The idea of taking up cases from other countries is also to serve beyond our borders and live up to the eternal saying Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam [The world is one family].”

The four children who arrived from Malawi with their guardians were: Brain Milanzi (2) suffering from atrial septal defect, Hasting Maloya (6) and Patience Nkhoma (6) — both suffering from ventral septal defect — and Prisca Patrick (14) diagnosed with patent ductus arteriosus.

Saboo said all these children would be operated upon at Fortis Hospital in Mohali.

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